"for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, this will turn out for my deliverance..." Paul 1st Century letter to a church who'd given him aid financially, spiritually, and physically.
Fast forward to the 21st century - level your sights against the slogan we hear so often as believers, "the problem with the Bible is that it is just an outdated book that really carries with it little relevance for today's world." Really? That's the best argument against the Bible naysayers have going for them right now? I can't imagine standing on sand and arguing with the arrogance of an over-inflated celebrity who thinks the world revolves around them.
This morning was much like the last few. I had not slept well all night and neither had Jess - as we waited with baited breath concerning the PET scan of our lovely daughter. To date, everything we have heard from the staff of the hospital has been negative. So, Track Record VS. Faith was the matchup today... I am GLAD to say that FAITH WINS. There were many (maybe even some of you reading this right now) who joined Jess and I in a fasting and prayer effort. Thank you! Here's the skinny: the preliminary results indicate NO CANCER! and "...nothing seen was compatible with anything of concern." - our Dr.'s words. We will get the full report on Monday or Tuesday.
In the verse above, Paul was doing NONE of the delivering. The Spirit of Jesus Christ was much obliged to help and the church at Philippi was ENGAGED in DEEP PRAYER. Here is only one of a MYRIAD of reasons as to why the Bible is Absolutely TRUE: We came under the directive of Scripture (in James we are told to anoint and pray for the sick, in the Psalms fasting is combined with prayer a number of times, and we see it obeyed further in the book of Acts). So, Jess and I reasoned that our focus today should rightly be on the LORD and obedience to His word. We sought the Lord and His Spirit has delivered good news for Jada and us.
We are humbled and we are thankful. I do not wish to equate myself with Paul. He being the "worst of sinners..." still penned about 2/3 of the NT. Not bad for a day's work in the power of the Spirit - and what have I done? Written about 3 paragraphs? You get the idea, I am nowhere near Paul. However, Jess and I have a support network which includes our immediate family, deep friends, and Church family of Northfield Christian Fellowship - which, for all intents and purposes resembles the church at Philippi to a large extent. Thank you all!